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Springboard+ Certificate in Fund Accounting | Part-time

  • Overview
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  • Career Opportunities
  • Eligibility
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The programme aims to develop learners' knowledge of the theory and practice of Fund Accounting necessary for them to secure employment and perform in a broad range of financial services type companies. The IFS sector in Ireland today is a broad-based industry. Foreign-owned multinationals provide front, middle and back-office roles across the range of established IFS sub-sectors including Funds; Banking and Payments; Insurance and Reinsurance; Investment and Asset Management; and Aircraft Leasing and Financing. Several hundred Irish-owned companies also operate across IFS sub-sectors including in payments, Financial Technology (FinTech), and related services, utilising innovative technology to offer disruptive products and services to the industry. Graduates will have a knowledge of the practical and theoretical aspects of Fund Accounting disciplines as they apply to the funds and markets sector.  

The programme incorporates Personal and Professional Development (PPD) within modules to enhance the student’s employability, which will enable them to integrate seamlessly into an organisation by addressing skills such as leadership, self‐management and teamwork that are essential in this area.

Specifically, the programme aims to: 

  • Develop knowledge in analysing the core business objectives and strategy of an organisation or strategic business unit in Fund Accounting. 

  • Develop skills necessary to be able to communicate and negotiate effectively with stakeholders within and outside of an organisation. 

  • Develop knowledge of fund accounting practices in the context of the strategic direction of a business  

  • Bridge the gap between technical concepts and business applications of fund accounting and financial services. 

  • Provide participants with a thorough understanding of the key governance and regulatory aspects of fund accounting.

The programme consists of 3 modules, each of 10 ECTS, and is normally completed in a single semester. An overview of each module follows.

Teaching and Assessment

DBS is committed to providing a flexible, active, peer-led, experiential and reflective learning environment for learners. As a result, throughout this programme, learners will experience a varied range of teaching and learning strategies, which have been selectively chosen and based on module content and suitability for assessment. While modules will be delivered through a mix of workshops, practical sessions, tutorials and lectures, teaching and learning will focus on the learner applying problem-solving skills and undertaking critical reflection and critique of case studies. The material will be presented during lectures and workshops with supporting material available via Moodle, DBS’s virtual learning environment. Learning, teaching and assessment for this programme, therefore, encourages learners to develop critical thinking, creative problem solving and analytical and evaluative skills relating to real-world scenarios.


This is a multimodal programme. Learners are therefore timetabled to be in class or online. They will also have mandatory on-demand content as contact hours that they can do in their own time and place.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place on this programme, applicants must hold a full Level 6 NFQ award or equivalent in any discipline.

For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants who do not have a Level 6 qualification may also be considered through the college’s normal RPL procedures.  Relevant professional experience may be taken into account and individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.

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Course Content


Module No.

Module Name



Year 1


Fund Accounting


PT 1


Fund Structures, Environment, and Innovation


PT 1


Funds Industry Regulations and Governance


PT 2




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The Certificate in Fund Accounting has a credit-based structure that requires learners to accumulate 30 ECTS part-time in order to successfully complete the programme. The distribution of credits on the programme closely reflects the anticipated time and effort required of learners to satisfactorily fulfil the requirements of each of the modules on the programme.

Stage 1, during the first semester learners will complete two modules ‘Fund Accounting’ and ‘Fund Structures, Environment, and Innovation.’

Stage 2 will build on the knowledge developed at Stage 1 in the module ‘Funds Industry Regulations 

This programme is taught on a hybrid basis. This means learners are timetabled either in-class or online, in a mix of online and in-class days.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may be interested in pursuing employment opportunities such as Junior Fund Accountant or Fund Accountant (Client Operations). There is good opportunity for progression in this area and after further study or experience, graduates may wish to apply for roles such as Senior Fund Accountant. 

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People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements):

For the Certificate in Fund Accounting, 1 year part-time programme, the following categories are eligible to apply:

People in Employment

Please note that those in employment, under the Springboard+ 2024/25 initiative, 90% of the fees are covered by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants.  The applicant must also meet the nationality/visa requirements and residency criteria, i.e. they must be able to demonstrate that they have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.  Either the applicant or their employer can pay these fees.  Should your employer be paying your fees, please contact us and we can forward you a company sponsorship form in order to invoice to your employer.


A copy of a most recent payslip or a recently dated letter from your employer on company headed paper.

Fees: The fee for the Certificate in Fund Accounting is €2,400, of which you pay 10% = €240


Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection, have previous history of employment but may require upskilling or reskilling to transition back to the workforce.  Applicants must have been a homemaker or on other caring duties or economically dependent on a partner or spouse for a minimum period of 9 of the previous 12 months.


Applicants must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to their status. A form to complete this process is available here.

It should be noted that acceptance onto a Springboard+ course does not confer any entitlement to DEASP payments or childcare supports.

Fees: The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.


The Unemployed

Applicants must be in receipt of any of the following social welfare payments:

  • Jobseekers Benefit

  • Jobseekers Allowance

  • One Parent Family

  • Disability Allowance

  • Qualified Adults of Working Age

  • Carers Allowance

  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist

  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension

  • Blind Pension

  • Deserted Wives Allowance 

Please Note:  Those signing for social insurance contribution credits are also eligible to apply.


Most recent copy receipt of payment of any of the above categories.


A copy of a bank statement showing receipt of payments will suffice.  If this is provided, please ensure you redact your account number, BIC and IBAN but your name should remain visible.

Please Note:

There is no requirement to be in receipt of a payment for a particular period of time prior to the commencement of the programme. 

Participants in receipt of one of the above payments at the time the Springboard+ course commences, are eligible to apply for a place on that course.  However, providers will be required to give priority to applications from people who are long-term unemployed.

Fees: The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.


Self-employed applicants are eligible to apply.


A letter from their accountant or relevant documentation from Revenue showing that they are self-employed in Ireland would suffice.

Fees: The fee for the Certificate in Fund Accounting is €2,400, of which you pay 10% = €240

Previously Self-Employed and actively seeking employment

People participating in the Community Employment Scheme; the Rural Social Scheme; Tús or in receipt of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance or the Short Term Enterprise Allowance may apply for Springboard+ and, with the approval of a Department of Social Protection Case Officer, take up a Springboard+ course.


A letter/statement from Revenue confirming that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant.

Fees: The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.

Application Procedures

All applications must be submitted online via the Springboard+ website. Please note that the documentation supporting the applicants status will be required as part of the application process. Please visit the Springboard+ website for further information on participant eligibility and funding eligibility requirements.

The following documents are required by DBS as part of the application process. When you apply through the Springboard+ website, a member of the DBS Admissions Team will be in touch in relation to requesting the following documents:

  • Academic Transcripts of results (this is a breakdown of each year, all the modules studied and all results achieved). If these transcripts are in a language other than English, we will require the originals together with official translated copies.

  • Proof of ID - Driver's Licence of Passport.

  • Proof of residency for all applicants for three of the last five years. This can be revenue documents, letter from DEASP office or letter from previous or current employer.

  • For Non-EU Applicants currently residing in Ireland, a copy of your Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) Card or proof of residency is required to demonstrate that you have been residing in the EU for three of the last five years.

  • For applicants who do not hold the required qualification and are applying through APEL (Approved Prior Experiential Learning), a recently updated and detailed CV is required with education and work experience to date. In addition, a personal statement is required outlining your reasons for applying for the course and why you would be a suitable candidate. This should be in the format of a word document and have between 500 and 700 words.

  • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language Test such as IELTS, Cambridge, PTE, Duolingo, or DBS English Placement Test. Test certificates must be dated within the last two years.

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Next Steps

Application Procedure

Please apply online via the Springboard portal here.

Corporate Services

Did you know?  DBS now can meet with you and your company to discuss the Springboard+ Government funded programmes, to see if it could work as a learning & development solution for your organisation.  This is ideal for any size organisation in any industry based in Dublin and the surrounding counties that may want to invest in employees' professional development.

For more information on this new service or to arrange a meeting, please contact our Corporate Services Team on [email protected] or by telephone 01 417 7500.

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Course overview

Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)


Duration: 1 Academic Year  
Study Mode: 
Part-time / 2 evenings per week
Award Level: Level 7 Special Purpose
ECTS Credits: 30
10% Contribution (if applicable): €240
Next Intake: September 2024


We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2024. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday: 8:45am to 5:15pm